After months of uncertainty, plans for the Empire Theatres Youth Ensemble program IMPACT Senior, can now go ahead thanks to a grant awarded to the Empire Theatres Projects Company.
The $14,000 grant, received from the Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Fund, will offset the costs of running the 2020 Senior IMPACT Ensemble program and includes the appointment of a guest artist to the creative team to operate as a mentor to the Ensemble and assist in the creation of their performance piece.
The 2020 Resilience Fund grants were designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senior Ensemble production has gone in a different direction to their traditional model of a live production in response to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, by working towards the creation of a digital delivery of the performance.
Using gothic horror classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley as inspiration, the production will be named Who's the Monster?
Empire Theatres Projects Manager, Jeanette Wedmaier said the funding was welcome news after the hardship already experienced this year.
"The IMPACT program is in it's 10th year and we had some very exciting plans at the start of the year, but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic government restrictions, our Junior Ensemble, which was originally slated to perform their finished production from June 6-7, had to be cancelled," she said.
"This year's Senior IMPACT would not have been possible without the support of this grant given the closure of the theatre and the financial impact of the pandemic on the arts sector."
With the easing of restrictions, once selected, the Ensemble will be meeting in person and working towards the completion of a filmed final production.
Audition applications for the 2020 Senior IMPACT Ensemble Who's the Monster? are now open. Auditions will be held from June 19-22 with rehearsals to start in July and the finished product completed in October.
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